Rapid Prototyping Service
Rapid Prototyping Service

We specialize in manufacturing high-quality rapid prototyping services with excellent surface treatment at a low price. With a range of manufacturing technologies, we are the one-stop-shop for all your prototyping needs.

What are rapid prototyping services?

Rapid Prototype, is often made quickly using plastic/metal material in a low-cost way, is used for testing and validating the products before opening molds for mass production.
Usually, when the designers develop or design the products, they need to make some prototypes to verify the feasibility of the products, which is an effective way to find the product design defects, deficiencies, etc, and then make targeted improvements.

What is rapid tooling?

Rapid Tooling is a way to simplify the mold structure for low cost & short lead-time. It’s commonly used in
the field of rapid injection molding, based on the low-volume requirement. Nice Rapid manufactures its own
rapid tooling in 7075 aluminum(molds can be textured) and pre-hardened P20 tool steel, to make the cavity,
core, and ejector plates. They are then fitted into a Master Unit Die(MUD-based system) with standard tooling
components, in order to produce injection molded parts.

Rapid Tooling vs Conventional Tooling?

Rapid aluminum tooling is very suitable for low-volume production prototype runs, providing a cost-effective solution
with a shorter lead-time than traditional production tooling. For rapid tooling, we can typically be 40%
cheaper than full production tooling, with a 50% reduction in lead-time compared to traditional molds.
Typically, we are able to go from initial DFM design through to tooling manufacture, mold flow analysis, and
initial samples in approximately 6 to 27calendar days(depending on product complexity and tool functionality).
Nice Rapid’s professional knowledge and expertise in rapid manufacturing really do cut down a lot of the
time & cost of producing your prototype!

What metal materials are used for rapid tooling?

We manufacture our tools from aluminum, P20, NAK80, and S136 tool steel, which can be run in a standard
injection molding machine to produce production-quality parts in low volumes. These molds are
generally serviceable for 5000 to 100,000+ units(depending on tool steel type, prototype material, and tool
functionality).
If a part requires a normal surface finish, we use aluminum or P20 steel in the injection molding process.
If a gloss or clear finish is required, the mold material would consist of NAK80 or S136, which are types
of polishing steel.

Type of rapid prototyping services YS offer:

  1. Plastic prototypes: The main material is plastic, mainly used for plastic products prototyping, processing by rapid CNC machining,3D printing, vacuum casting, etc.

  2. Rubber silicone prototypes are mainly manufactured by vacuum casting, and rubber molding or silicone molding.

  3. Metal prototypes. The common material is aluminum, brass, stainless steel, etc., which are usually for some high-end prototypes, such as laptops, MP3, Vending machines, etc. Metal prototypes can be manufactured by CNC milling, CNC turning, sheet metal forming, etc.
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Benefits of making a rapid prototyping

—-Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions, and features of the new design.

The prototype is not only visual, but also touchable, it can be very intuitive in the form of a physical reflection of the designer’s design, to avoid the disadvantages of “good-looking in a draw, but not good-looking in the product”.

—-Test the structure of the design for its suitability

As Prototypes can be assembled, they can visually reflect whether the structure is reasonable or not, and how easy it is to install. It helps to find the issues and solve the issues early.

—-Save time and money by identifying and reducing design defects before making molds

As mold making is very expensive, and some bigger molds cost tens of thousands of dollars or even more. If finding the design defects during the mold making, the loss is high. Rapid prototyping can reduce such risk.

—-Show customers a prototype of the product design

Before making the mold, the designer can make rapid prototyping, and even create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures, and finishing processes to attract customers and attend exhibitions, doing presale, production preparation, and occupying markets.

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